This annual giveaway began 11 years ago to educate the public
about the importance of trees in Hawai‘i’s environment.
Planting the right tree in the right place can save money on
air conditioning bills, and can also avoid entanglement with
HECO’s partners are the Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program
of the state of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural
Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service,
the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City, and the Waimea Valley
The potted trees and shrubs being given away can be carried
easily by hand, but supplies are limited to one per family,
giveaway usually lasts for only a couple of hours. Brochures
will be provided for each family, which details every tree or
shrub’s traits, and how to plant and care for it.
Janet Crawford, HECO’s communications consultant, said
although a lot of the trees being given away grow quite tall
and large, there will be a couple of options for HPU students
who are dorming. “There are some shrubs that grow up to
six feet, namely the sleeping hibiscus,” she said.
smaller shrubs would work best, especially if you have to put
it out on a lanai. The arborists at each site will be more
than happy to help you choose the right plant.”
Trees are Free on Arbor Day starts at 9 a.m. at the Waimea
Valley Audubon Center, and 7 a.m. at the other locations.